The Collapse of the American Empire – Lecture Featuring Chris Hedges

Centre for International Governance Innovation on Aug 30, 2018

Chris Hedges, a globally-renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author, gives us an entirely new view of a nation in crisis in his recently released book, America: The Farewell Tour, which holds both liberals and conservatives to account — as is rousingly pertinent for Canada as for the disoriented US. Beautifully written, it clarifies vividly and unforgettably the forces at play in our times.

In astonishing, tough, first-hand reportage, Chris Hedges draws on stories from inside communities across America and reveals how the hurricanes of change have allowed an array of pathologies to arise: the opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling, the corporate coup d’état of government, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the emboldening of violence and hate, the plagues of suicides, and the global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. These are just some of the physical manifestations of a society unravelling. Such ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of our lives–particularly in the face of our neighbour’s degeneration as a world power.

Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. Hedges – who was unsurprised by Trump’s victory – shows how neither the left nor the right are addressing the systemic problems. Until the corporate coup d’état is reversed, these diseases will grow and ravage the country. A humane cry for a decent future, this remarkable book is our wake-up call to reality.

[Q&A begins at 46:13 mins in.]

Chris Hedges “The answer to automation is a guaranteed wage for all – and I’m not a Marxist”

Note this is a clip from Chris Hedges: A Recipe for an Emerging Dystopia + Q&A + Transcripts

Name Here on Sep 4, 2018

Chris Hedges talking about his book America: The Farewell Tour on MSNBC

JFhsfohhMN on Sep 2, 2018

From the archives:

Chris Hedges: When The Ruling Ideology No Longer Has Any Credibility Then The Elites Only Have Violence Left In Order To Maintain Control

Matt Taibbi: They are Essentially Controlling the Flow of Information

Chris Hedges: The Falling of the American Empire, interviewed by Ralph Nader

Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: The Coming Collapse of the American Economic System

with thanks

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